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Archetypal Renaissance: The Return of The Dragon and The Phoenix

by Liv Lu

Tales about the Dragon and the Phoenix are found throughout history in different traditions, always telling us a similar story.

We can use the knowledge these tales carry: they have been given to us for a reason.

We can apply them to our own individual lives as well as to society and humanity as a whole.

Have you ever felt like all of your wounds suddenly surfaced all at once and that something within you was dying? A feeling like everything was falling apart and starting to change and reshape your inner and outer world? That is the Dragon.

One dark cold winter I felt it coming closer creeping up on me, I tried to run away – in vain – it chewed me up, spit me out and covered me with burning fire.

Have you ever felt yourself slowly arise with a renewed sense of purpose and strength? Like a puzzle piece by piece coming together again, but this time in a new form? It felt like a rebirth? That is the Phoenix.

That same winter it came to me through the burning flames, reminding me of my strength, reminding me of trust in the process and of letting go.

Then it slowly arose with me from the ashes with old beliefs peeled away, old wounds transformed and a deeper connection to and trust in myself and life.

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These archetypes master the elements and are exquisite energy alchemists.

Killing parts of you to leave space for the new to rise from the fertile soil of demolished energy.

They transform you, reshape your world and initiate you to master a wider range of dynamics in your life.

During death and change emotions like grief, pain, loss, and resistance naturally come along.

Doom and fear flood over you when leaving the old familiar behind to enter The Unknown (which often at first feels like an empty void).

These emotions are a natural part of the process and of being human.

Feel the beauty and intensity of life’s motions rather than distract yourself or run away. Its an initiation.

Let the mythic creatures work you and you will start to glimpse old wisdom inside of you.

Life consists of continuous transformation and change, thats the nature of existence.

It can happen gradually and smoothly or it can hit us drastically and turn our whole lives around.

If we understand this and become skilled in the process, we won’t step back and resist it when it occurs (which would only lead to a slower, more painful process).

We can never arrive at our potential if we try to stay in our comfort zone, and honestly we would not want to either.

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The Dragon and the Phoenix both come with huge gifts if we let them work their medicine and if we welcome change as a sacred celebratory act.

An initiation into a new stage.

The Dragon symbolizes our hidden powers deep within, our shadows beyond the veil, which ultimately is the same.

Tremendous powers lie dormant in the symbol of the dragon.

Like with the classic nightmare scenario, when being haunted by a monster (the dragon) you try to run away but you aren’t fast enough and it comes closer and closer.

If you stop instead, and turn around to face it, it instantly starts to transform under your direct gaze.

The Phoenix was birthed from the sun god Ra’s heart and its body emits rays of pure sunlight.

It is said to live and die cyclically, and at the end of each cycle it dies and deteriorates in flames and combustion to further, cleansed by the fire, arise in a new form.

From the ashes it victoriously rises with golden red wings, renewed strength, and the promise of a new beginning.

The energy of the Dragon is what we are experiencing globally right now. Deterioration, death, destruction and potential war to clean the slate before something new can arise.

On the planet today we all sense that a shift is happening, we all know it and we can just observe it happening. It has already begun, we are ready for a change and this earth is ready for a change.

 

The Dragon – spoken word piece by Liv Lu

About the Author:

Liv Lu is a writer, storyteller, poetess, musician, yoga teacher, intuitive guide, reiki/energy healer, dancer and artist. Devoted to and living the creative force as tool for transformation and activation. Born in Sweden, living there and in Bali. You can check her out on Youtube and also follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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